The Nicholberry Difference
Before you buy a puppy from us, we'd like to get to know you. We breed a few select litters of puppies each year and are very careful about the homes to which our puppies go. There are many breeders with a “Pay Pal” feature on their website who will sell a puppy without any knowledge as to where it is going. That is not us. We pour our hearts into these puppies for eight weeks, preparing them to be healthy, happy and loving members of your family and we would be remiss to simply sell a puppy to just anyone.
In addition, we want to match the right litter and the right puppy to the right family!!! Our childhoods are both filled with wonderful memories of Golden Retrievers, and we are humbled by the opportunity to bring that same kind of joy into other families. It is the driving force behind our breeding program: blessing families with their forever dog. It is therefore essential that the right puppy goes to the right family! If you are an active hiking family who wants to explore Yosemite National Park with their dog, we need to select a different puppy for you than for a hang-out-at-home family who at most wants to take their puppy for a nice relaxed walk.
Each of our dogs has their own distinct personality and energy level, as does each puppy and YES, you CAN see a lot of a puppy’s personality by week 8! So it’s vital to the happiness of the puppy and the happiness of your family that we get to know you before placing a puppy with your family. And if you are hoping to pursue therapy or service work with your puppy, then that is essential too (please visit our Therapy Dog page, as this is a huge passion of ours!).
One last thing: Our wait lists are chronically full, and yet we long to see families find a good puppy even when we have none to offer. The best way to do that is to equip you so that you can find a puppy from another breeder whom you can trust. Educate yourself on health clearances and breeding protocols and you will have everything you need to make the right choice for your family. If you get stuck, feel free to email us with your questions and we will help you decipher between the many puppies available on the internet. At the end of the day, even if you don't get a Golden Retriever from us, we want to see families get healthy, emotionally balanced puppies and are happy to help you in that process.